“She’s a better golfer than I was. That’s the only resentment I have.”
They may argue about arguing, but 70 years on Jean and Ron Browne are still very much together and banter to their heart’s content!
Jean, 92, and Ron, 97, will celebrate their platinum 70th wedding anniversary this week at the Mount Maunganui RSA.
It’s fitting, as an RSA is where this love story began in Silverstream more than 70 years ago.
“The first time we met was at the RSA. I worked in a shop and I had to be home by 9pm and I had to catch the bus at 8.45pm – so when I left work, I ran to the RSA and had a dance,” says Jean.
“[Ron] asked me for a dance and he said I turned him down. But I say I couldn’t have
because my father taught me never to turn anybody down dancing unless they’re drunk.”
“I don’t think I was drunk when I met her,” says Ron. Even if some of the details are blurry, Ron and Jean were married two years later on the 16th of May 1953 in a Presbyterian church in Upper Hutt.
Two homes, one love
During their 70 years of marital bliss, Jean and Ron have only…